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Season Tickets on Sale for Summer Theatre

Season includes four shows--two plays and two musical productions.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 5-4-2014

Season tickets are on sale for the 48th annual Highland Summer Theatre season presented by the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance. Subscriptions are $66 for four shows—two plays and two musical productions.

The 2014 season begins with Patrick Hamilton’s “Rope,” a dramatic thriller based on the story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy law school students who kidnapped and murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 27-31 in the Andreas Theatre and is made possible by the General Mills Gift Matching Program.

Up second is the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal,” presented at 7:30 p.m. June 11-14 in the Ted Paul Theatre and made possible by a gift from Jane F. Earley. It tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical that packs an emotional punch addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and suburban life. Music is by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

“Boeing Boeing,” based on a French farce that was made into a movie starring Tony Curtis, is the third production of the season. Parisian lothario Bernard has an Italian, German and American fiancée, beautiful airline hostesses whose varied schedules allow to keep them ignorant of each other. Unexpected schedule changes bring them all to Paris at the same time, putting Bernard in a tight spot. This production, playing at 7:30 p.m. June 24-28, in the Andreas Theatre is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO Programs. It is written by Marc Camoletti, Beverley Cross and Francis Evans.

Closing out the season is popular musical “Hairspray,” based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. The 1950s are out and change is in the air. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire—to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. Her efforts become much more than that, all set to a soundtrack of the times. Music is by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman, book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan.

Season subscriptions are available by mail order only. If you would like a season brochure, call the Department office at 507-389-2118 or download one at Individual tickets for all shows go on sale May 13 by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, or by calling 507-389-6661 between 4 & 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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